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Two who lost legs in auger accident settle negligence lawsuit with Zaloudek Grain Co.

The families of Tyler Zander, of Enid, and Bryce Gannon, of Kremlin, settle their lawsuit against Zaloudek Grain Co. on Friday for an undisclosed amount.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Modified: June 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm •  Published: June 14, 2013

A negligence lawsuit against a grain company by two teens who each lost a leg in an auger accident was settled Friday for an undisclosed amount, an attorney for the victims said.

Tyler Zander, of Enid, and Bryce Gannon, of Kremlin, now 19, were working together Aug. 4, 2011, at the Zaloudek Grain Co. elevator in Kremlin when Gannon's leg became caught in the auger. His friend Zander tried to help him but lost his footing and slipped into the auger.

“They are courageous and tough,” said Bradley Gungoll, attorney for both families. “Both are in college and moving on.”

A three-week trial was expected to start Monday, court records show.

Gungoll said the families agreed to settle with several companies and individuals after three days of mediation and were pleased with the settlement.

“Their needs will be taken care of,” Gungoll said.

In the initial states of rehabilitation, Zander had more than 30 surgeries.

The two friends were hospitalized for weeks at OU Medical Center, followed by more weeks of rehabilitation.

They were recognized and honored at the OU Medical Center Trauma Survivors Reception and Awards banquet in April 2012 for their recovery efforts.

Zander attends Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, majoring in pre-med/biochemistry, while Gannon attends Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, according to their Facebook pages.